Category Archives: Culture

Tracing the identity of Hawker Hurricane LE-D

The picture below was taken by me at RAF Chivenor Air Day in August 1969. It shows a Hawker Hurricane painted as LE-D, and it has sat unremembered (along with several thousand other pictures) until a recent scanning exercise. The … Continue reading

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Peter Skellern – co-performer of songs of gentle mockery

I was sorry to hear of Peter Skellern’s death. I knew of him only from his partnership with Richard Stilgoe. Together they wrote and performed wry, gently humorous songs with good tunes. This is not really about Skellern (there is … Continue reading

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Castles in common

When I restarted this blog recently, I began with an article rejoicing in ‘serendipity’, which I found defined as the ‘faculty of making happy and unexpected discoveries by accident’. I have no idea how I found out that The Sound of … Continue reading

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Bring back the hobgoblin and foul fiend

The idea was to use this blog mainly as a place to drop things of interest as they passed by – things seen on my travels or picked up in the papers or on Twitter, plus photographs, quotations and the … Continue reading

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Google-itis: who lived at 34 Gordon Square in 1937?

I suffer from a condition called Google-itis, the irresistible urge to track down every passing reference and find out more about it. I can’t see the name of a place without wanting to look it up on a map, and … Continue reading

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The influence of Richard III and Dave Allen on the Archers

An unpleasant man hands a woman a sharp instrument and winds up on the receiving end of it. A 1970s television sketch based on Shakespeare’s Richard III was there long before Helen Titchener stabbed Rob I gave up listening to the … Continue reading

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Gotten in the Times and taking the stand

A few days ago, to my horror, I came across the use of the word “gotten” in an article in the Times. I meant to write and complain but ran out of time; fortunately, others did, apparently sending a stream … Continue reading

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